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The Heidelberg Historical Society Museum is now open on Sundays from 2 pm to 5 pm

Truth, Beauty & Utility Exhibition now open

This exhibition traces the Arts & Crafts Movement, from the sudden craze for Japanese-inspired decoration in the 1880s to the non-historical ‘Art Nouveau’ of 1900, to the rugged Californian bungalow of 1920—all as seen in our local area.

‘Truth, Beauty & Utility’ is now open at the Museum and can be viewed on Sundays from 2 pm to 5 pm.

Please note that for the remainder of 2021 the Research Room will not be open on Sundays due to density requirements. The Museum will be closed during December 2021 and January 2022.

Coronavirus restrictions

As per Victorian Government regulation the following are required as conditions of entry to the Museum:

For more information please see the Current restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne at the Victorian Government website.


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25th October 2021

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Heidelberg Grows Towards Rosanna- a MYSTERY!!

Posted on Wednesday, 13th October 2021 by Janine Rizzetti

It’s your turn now. Can you make sense of this picture?

This postcard, estimated date 1924-1930 is labelled ‘Heidelberg Grows Out to Rosanna’ but where is it taken from? There is what appears to be a brick church on the left hand side (similar in appearance to the brick church that used to be in Rosanna Road where Warringal Shopping Centre is now) and a wooden church in the middle of the photo. The only wooden church in Rosanna at that time would have been St Andrews. These two churches are not located close to each other, so that doesn’t work. Are we looking towards Rosanna, or Heidelberg? Is it taken from near where the Old Rosanna Fire Station is? I feel as if the ridge along the top of the photo should be Upper Heidelberg Road, but that doesn’t look right either.

In fact, is this even Rosanna and Heidelberg? What do you think?

Source: State Library of Victoria Accession no: H2019.50/76 You can download a high-resolution copy at http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/4181736 if you want to inspect it more closely.

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